Transition to Agile with Low-Code Development

Mendix and Agile deliver outcomes

Traditional development impedes agility

For the modern enterprise that values agility and speed, the rigid ways of waterfall development are challenging.

  • Business and IT work in silos.

  • A lack of communication leads to poor planning, delays, and low-quality solutions.

  • IT lives in a backlog and can’t work fast enough to deliver solutions the business needs.

  • Legacy systems and a lack of skills make it difficult to transition to a new way of working.

Staying agile requires Agile — a user-centric development methodology that emphasizes collaboration and continuous development practices to deliver working apps fast. With Mendix’s low-code development Platform, organizations can ease the transition from waterfall to Agile to increase collaboration, accelerate product delivery, and achieve better alignment on business strategies.

Low-code eases the transition to Agile

Flowing communication, higher productivity, and faster development — Agile’s business value is undeniable. But getting there requires a cultural shift that organizations may hesitate to embrace.

Low-code is a visual development approach that makes the transition frictionless by prioritizing key Agile principles including:

  • Transparent processes

  • Constant communication

  • High levels of collaboration

  • Quick responses to change

Enterprise low-code platforms that are inherently Agile support you throughout the entire application lifecycle. Built with features that put people and collaboration at the forefront of application development, low-code provides the tools and technology needed to succeed with Agile and deliver desired business outcomes.

How to transition to Agile low-code development

Providing both the process and the platform to build apps at speed and scale, low-code helps organizations embrace Agile on their own terms and at their own pace.

  • Step-by-step approach

    A complete transition to Agile can’t happen overnight, especially if you’re relying on legacy systems.

    With low-code, you can get started on a low-risk project to test the process. Low-code makes it fast and easy to test and deploy changes without affecting the entire legacy system.

  • Hybrid approach

    A hybrid approach includes both waterfall and Agile strategies in a way that makes the most sense for the business.

    For example, use waterfall for planning and design, and Agile for development and testing in short sprints. Or, instead of daily Agile stand-up meetings, a Kanban board can be used twice a week.

  • Full Transition

    When you’re ready to adopt Agile across the organization, low-code provides the scalability and flexibility to help you make the shift.

    After implementing a step-by-step or hybrid approach, you’ll have the necessary foundation in place to successfully adopt Agile.

Mendix is inherently Agile

The Mendix low-code Platform was built to align with the core principles of the Agile Manifesto. By encouraging collaboration between business and IT for faster, higher-quality app development, Mendix keeps businesses highly responsive to evolving needs and user demands.

  • Break business-IT communication barriers

    Mendix’s built-in collaboration tools help teams communicate and stay up to date on project statuses. Preview and share apps, gather feedback through polls, and encourage continuous feedback and rapid iterations.

    Business and IT collaboration is further enhanced with Mendix’s visual development environments. Using a common visual language, developers of all skill levels can streamline delivery while stakeholders can immediately see their requirements in action.

  • Utilize built-in Agile tools

    Agile is baked into the Mendix Platform, making it easy for teams of all skill levels to transition. Purpose-built project management tools support all types of developers throughout the entire application lifecycle — from requirements gathering and ideation to building, testing and deployment.

    As an open and extensible platform, Mendix integrates with your existing toolset and third-party tools. Use APIs to integrate with legacy systems, CI/CD pipelines, and test automation suites, or incorporate custom code as needed.

  • Make your legacy systems Agile

    Don’t let legacy systems hold you back. No matter where you are in your legacy modernization journey, Mendix provides the tools necessary to extend, migrate, and replace legacy applications for maximum agility.

    Read more about legacy modernization
  • Stay truly Agile with cloud-native apps

    Project needs and requirements change all the time, but Mendix keeps you responsive. Ship solutions faster than ever with one-click deployment to any cloud or on-premise environment. Deliver, improve, and iterate on your applications with built-in tools that support continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Agile development methodology?

    Agile is a flexible approach to application and software development. The principles of Agile include high levels of collaboration throughout the development lifecycle, tools to empower teams of all coding skill levels, and transparent processes.

  • How does low-code support Agile development?

    Low-code development platforms built on an Agile foundation enable organizations to do everything with an agile attitude. Agile’s focus on collaboration and communication is realized with low-code through the involvement of business team members continuously throughout the development process. Low-code also offers the transparency, flexibility, and speed organizations need to evolve as business and user needs change.

  • Why should my business transition to Agile development?

    The goal of Agile development is to create applications in small increments. Before being considered complete, each increment of the application is tested for quality. The Agile process ensures that quality is built into the product, giving you a much better end result.

    Agile also offers incredible benefits throughout the application development lifecycle, including increased collaboration, high transparency, and forms of continuous development. Learn more about Agile development.